Walker joined the business 25 years ago and was appointed to the board of director in 2007 as production director, working alongside his late father Joe in developing Walker’s facilities in Aberlour and Elgin.
Commenting on his appointment, Walker said: “As joint-managing directors, my father and my uncle James transformed what was a village bakery into an internationally-renowned business and brand.
“Working with other members of the fourth generation and an outstanding Board and management team, I am confident we will achieve great success together.”
Head of commercial strategy
The manufacturer also announced that Bryony Walker, daughter of former joint managing director Jim Walker, has been appointed to the company’s executive committee in the role of head of commercial strategy.
Jim Walker steps away from active duty at the company after 60 years of service and will now act as ambassador for the business.
Chairman Bob Brannan commented: “These are exciting times. With a clear vision, focused strategy and a strengthened Executive Committee, Walker’s is a great example of how an international brand can thrive under consistent, long-term, family-ownership.
Challenging market conditions
“The recent refresh of the brand identity is resonating strongly with consumers and reflects the energy and pace that the company has been able to establish in recent years despite challenging market conditions.”
Founded in 1898 by Joseph Walker, Walker’s Shortbread is a fourth generation run family business that ships shortbread products across the globe.
The company employs more than 1,400 people across its sites in Elgin and Aberlour and holds a Royal Warrant for Shortbread & Oatcakes, by appointment to Her Majesty the Queen.
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